Have a say on how dogs are man­aged

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Here’s a good chance to give the coun­cil a rark-up over Porirua’s dog rules.

The city de­liv­ery com­mit­tee wants to hear from the pub­lic be­tween June 16 and July 14 on pro­posed changes to dog rules that in­clude adding six new of­fleash dog ex­er­cise ar­eas, com­pul­sory neu­ter­ing of dogs clas­si­fied as men­ac­ing by breed, and ex­tend­ing by one month the time dogs are al­lowed on beaches, among other changes.

Dog own­ers lob­bied the coun­cil for var­i­ous changes at an­nual plan hear­ings in May.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman Anita Baker said there was a lot of in­ter­est in hav­ing a fenced dog park or ex­er­cise area in Porirua so they would seek feed­back on that idea too.

‘‘We de­cided to con­sult on the manda­tory neu­ter­ing of all dogs clas­si­fied as men­ac­ing be­cause the Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to in­tro­duce stronger rules for own­ers of high-risk dogs as part of a re­view of the Dog Con­trol Act 1996 later this year,’’ she said.

Porirua cur­rently re­quires com­pul­sory neu­ter­ing of dogs classed as men­ac­ing based on their be­hav­iour.

This change would ex­tend that to dogs classed as men­ac­ing based on breed/type.

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